How to Prep Your Kitchen for Thanksgiving

Having the family over for Thanksgiving? With everything from cooking and cleaning to decorating your home, prepping for the holidays can be a lot of work. Don’t get caught up in kitchen with tedious tasks… spend more time with your family and celebrate all that you’re thankful for! Use our prep tips to help #keepfamilyfirst, all while being the king or queen of the kitchen this holiday season.

1.) Cleaning the Kitchen & Appliances

  • Vacuum the day before company arrives… don’t worry about cleaning the day of!
  • Organize and clean your refrigerator in advance to make room for leftovers… they’re the best!
  • Tidy up the kitchen. Put away anything that looks messy or might get in the way.
  • Clean your
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5 Easy Ways to Turn Your House into a Smart Home

Turning your house into a smart home has never been easier! There are many products that offer convenience, all while remaining cost-friendly. They’re easy to install, and most operate with free apps. Let’s take a look at some of the easiest and coolest products:

What’s a connected home?

The phrases “connected home” and “smart home” can be used interchangeably. Both terms describe a network of devices connected to the internet or work in conjunction with the Internet of Things (IOT). That phrase, “the Internet of Things,” emerged from the interconnectivity between home appliances, electronics, and utilities to yield better control and smarter functionality.

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Relax, Refresh, & Recharge: 35 Ways to De-Stress

Finding yourself feeling stressed at just the thought of upcoming holiday prep? With everything from food shopping and cooking to braving crowded stores to find the perfect gifts, some “me time” is a must! (These relaxation tips might even spark some great gift ideas… it’s never too soon to get a head start on the family’s holiday wish list!)

Ideas for Ultimate Relaxation on Your Recliner

  • Get cozy (wrap yourself up in a blanket)
  • Sip from a warm mug of tea
  • Make some coffee with a coffee maker (add flavored creamer)
  • Crochet a pair of comfy socks or a scarf
  • Cook up something delicious in a Crock-Pot slow cooker (it’ll cook while you relax!)
  • Eat mac and cheese (the
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How to Make Maple Sweet Potato Rice, a Savory Thanksgiving Side!

Hosting the perfect holiday dinner and entertaining can be a lot of work, especially when you’re cooking side dishes that take up extra time! This easy-to-make autumn rice will allow you to spend less time in the kitchen and more time at the table with your family. Try this savory stovetop creation for a quick harvest dish that’s flavorful, sweet, and crunchy with an easy cleanup.

Maple Sweet Potato Rice Ingredients

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  • 2 cups of brown rice
  • 1 sweet potato (skinned, chopped into tiny cubes)
  • 1/2 cup of pumpkin seeds
  • 1/4 cup of maple syrup
  • 3 tablespoons of honey
  • 1/4 cup of coconut flakes
  • Cinnamon, nutmeg, & allspice to taste
  • Olive oil

Serving size: about 6 (one medium-sized bowl)

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Parent’s Guide to a Safe & Fun Halloween

 

From costSafe Halloween Blogumes to candy, Halloween is jam-packed with fun and treats! As parents we want our little ones to enjoy trick-or-treating, but we also want them to be safe.  Here are some great safety tips that will ensure a happy and safe Halloween:

Trick-or-Treating in Your Neighborhood: Safety Tips

  • Plan ahead. Plan your route before heading out. Map out a direct route that has sidewalks or safe pathways to walk and the fewest street crossings.
  • Young children should never be out alone without adult supervision, especially during the night. If you can’t go trick-or-treating with your children, make sure they’re going with a group and an adult who can. If you have older children that are mature
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Tips for 1950s-Inspired Makeup & Style: Pastels, Pointed Sunglasses, and Polka Dots!

With the economy booming in the 1950s, consumer goods became available to more people, and an array of  home appliances began to surface across America. By 1954, P.C. Richard & Son became completely committed to selling appliances, televisions, and radios. Kitchens filled with trendy pastel and vibrantly colored appliances: pink, turquoise, yellow, avocado, and ruby red. New movements were arising with everything from Elvis and rock ‘n’ roll to Andy Warhol and vivid, energetic pop art. Some of the most vibrant trends of the 1950s were the retro fashion styles with everything from funky cat eye sunglasses and winged eyeliner to soft curls and bold lipstick. Our brand-new magnified and lighted makeup mirrors, along with tips … Read more...

Appliance Halloween Costumes

If you or your children are still struggling to figure out what you want to be for Halloween this year, what about being a refrigerator, oven, or other home appliance? They’re inexpensive to make and most of the materials can already be found around your home. Here are some great appliance costumes we found on the web:

Washing Machine

Couples idea: If you and your significant other are going to a Halloween party, why not dress up as a laundry pair? Washers and dryers come in a variety of colors and styles and you even can go as a designer pair. Or, if you want to be both yourself, what about going as a washer/dryer combo?

Ovens

“Running” Refrigerator

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Fun & Funky Pumpkin Decorating Ideas & Activities

Vibrant paint, decorative ribbons, metallic markers… the possibilities are endless when it comes to decorating pumpkins! Use your creativity and make a silly face (or a spooky one)!

Ideas to DAZZLE up your pumpkin  

  • Gather up some ribbons (Halloween-themed, funky patterns, bright colors)
  • Use neon paints (orange, yellow, green)
  • Add some metallic paint
  • Collect a bunch of bows and glue them on!
  • Use glitter glue
  • Add in some glitter (orange, purple, white)
  • Draw a design with glue, and pour glitter on top
  • Gather some fabrics (Halloween prints, autumn prints, polka dot)
  • Glue on colorful, funky beads
  • Glue on some sparkly gems
  • Use colorful markers
  • Write your name
  • Write a friend’s name and make it a gift
  • Draw a design (bat,
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How to Make Mini Frittatas: Cheeses and Veggies and Eggs, Oh My!

Mini frittatas are an easy-to-make, healthy breakfast. They’ve been quite the craze across Pinterest, and you can make them with any ingredients you can dream up! We’ve created some of our own: Italian-Inspired Mozzarella Frittatas and Broccoli Cheddar Frittatas. These are delicious, but you can add just about any vegetables, meats, cheeses, or spices you’re in the mood for. Some ingredients to try out include bacon, peppers, zucchini, mushrooms, or feta cheese. Mini frittatas can be eaten for breakfast, as a snack, at lunchtime, or even include them as part of your dinner. They’re perfect to make while spending time with family on the weekend, and a great cooking activity to do with kids. You can also store mini frittatas … Read more...

Born to Sell: The Story of Our Founder, A.J. Richard

As we proudly celebrate our 107th birthday, we’re also celebrating the birthday of our founder, Alfred J. Richard (A.J.) (1909-2004). With sound judgment for business and love for the company, A.J.  lead the charge in developing P.C. Richard & Son into what it is today. We continue to cherish and implement his key values of Honesty, Integrity, and Reliability that have become such an important part of our past, present, and future.

A.J. was born on October 11, 1909, the same year that his father, Pieter Christian Richard, opened a hardware store in Bensonhurst. It’s often said that A.J. was “born to sell” as he’s always had such a deep passion and propensity for customer service. At the age of … Read more...